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Alejandro Valverde wins 8th stage

Updated: August 25, 2012, 1:47 PM ET
Associated Press

COLLADO VIALBA, Andorra -- Alejandro Valverde overtook overall leader Joaquin Rodriguez and Alberto Contador on the final climb to win the eighth stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Saturday.

Valverde surged past the pair after the last turn to cap a grueling climb over the closing miles in a winning time of 4 hours, 6 minutes, 39 seconds.

Contador struggled in the Andorran Pyrenees before giving way to finish in the same time. Christopher Froome couldn't keep up with the Spanish trio ...

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